So, we did it, and we survived =)Â Â We have driven from Illinois, through Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and back to California.Â Â All for our new Subaru.Â Â Some people probably think we are crazy, but thatâ€™s ok.Â Â We are so happy with this purchase and are so excited with the condition the car is in.Â Â And itâ€™s fast!Â Â It definitely has much more â€˜umphâ€™ than my civic.Â Â Luckily the speed limit in some of those states is 80mph =).Â Â So here are some pics:
And a summary of our vacation:
Illinois was hot and humid, very green, and had very nice people (actually all the people are nice through the Midwest states).
Wisconsin was gorgeous.Â Â Very green with rolling hills, rocks covered in moss, it actually reminded me of Ireland.Â Â That is until we saw the billboards for cheese and firework shops.Â Â Classic =).Â Â It was scary too when we came around a corner and realized that Amish people are allowed to drive their horse and buggy on the highway.Â Â Luckily, the speed limit is not 80 in that state.
Minnesota, from what we saw, was just about the same as Wisconsin.Â Â Green and beautiful.
South Dakota, as described by Brandonâ€™s cousin Jeff, is the land of the walking dead.Â Â I agree.Â Â The highway is straight, all around you is flat, and you might pass a car every 15 minutes or so.Â Â The people there seemed a little less happy too, understandably.Â Â But we stayed in Brandon, SD so that was cool.Â Â Oh, and Mt. Rushmore.Â Â It was neat, but a little underwhelming.Â Â It would be cooler if you could hike to the top of it or something.
Wyoming was my favorite state that we passed through.Â Â Green and mountainy!Â Â It reminded me of the Sierras but much greener.Â Â We drove through the Grand Tetons, which had like 10 feet of snow.Â Â And the road on the way down was under construction, aka taken out completely and replaced with gravel and patches of asphalt.Â Letâ€™s just say that we saw the scubieâ€™s true colors and it was the driving highlight of the vacation =).
We stayed in Cody, Wy, Â in the Cody Cowboy Village. Â It is such a cute little town with it’s cowboy theme. Â Our hotel room was actually a little log cabin! Â At this point, it really started feeling like a vacation =) We ate a bison burger at one of the local restaurants too!
The next day we were off to Yellowstone.Â Â The way to the park gate was filled with â€œI could live there, oh and I could live there, and OOOOooo look at that house!â€Â Â So gorgeous!Â Â Yellowstone was awesome!Â Â We got to see Old Faithful (faithful yes, but not too eventful), and all the pools were mostly frozen, but still pretty.Â Â My favorite part though was driving real slow next to a bunch of bison and watching them cross the street in front of the cars.Â Â They are huge!!Â Â And I was like 4 feet away from them!
We drove through Montana for about 15 minutes while exiting Yellowstone.Â Â It was beautiful and one day we will go back.
Idaho was rainy and flooded.Â Â I canâ€™t say much because I slept most the way through this state, but Brandon did say that homes and shops had water covering the bottom half of the buildings!Â Â Luckily the highway is higher up so we were able to get through.
Utah was the only place we got pulled over for not have license plates.Â Â The temporary one was behind a tinted window.Â Â This is where the drive started looking more deserty, but the speed limit was 80 =).Â Â We stayed in St. George and got In-N-Out for dinner =).Â Â And then woke up in the morning for a breakfast at Cracker Barrel.Â My first time there and I rather enjoyed it!
Nevada was a nice relaxing day because we only drove 2 hours as opposed to 14 on the rest of the trip.Â Â We stayed with Brandonâ€™s cousins, Jeff and Jackie, and had a great time hanging out.Â Â Thanks Jeff and Jackie!
Arizona and California- the drive home!Â Â It was so good to see little Lucy again!Â Â Aunt Amanda fed her like crazy and she gained 5 pounds.Â Â Little girls a chunk!
It is so good to be home, and I am suggesting to Brandon that we stay at a hotel in Laguna for our Anniversary.Â Â Iâ€™m into the 30 minute drive =).